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McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

University of Melbourne McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the university worldwide.  The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across Academic Divisions. The University offers a leading and lively research environment that is internationally engaged, public-spirited and has many outstanding areas of research strength. The objectives of the 2021 Program are to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University. All applicants should promote research that aligns with the Research at Melbourne initiative. The Program is highly competitive, with only ten McKenzie Fellowships and one Indigenous McKenzie Fellowship available each year. Prospective applicants must discuss their interest in the Program with the relevant Academic Division at the University of Melbourne, before submitting their application. Application processes vary between different faculties. Applicants must adhere to Faculty Expression of Interest processes and timelines to be considered for award.


  • Applicants must have been awarded a PhD from a university other than the University of Melbourne by the closing date. The PhD must have been awarded between 1 January 2019 and 23 August 2020.
  • At the time of application, applicants must not have held, or beholding, a fixed-term or continuing academic appointment at the University of Melbourne that is greater than one year. Where applicants have held multiple back-to-back fixed-term appointments, these should not be more than one year in total.
  • Applicants may be drawn from any field in which the University has research strength, and must have the ability to contribute to research collaborations and programs across faculties or disciplines
  • Applicants will be required to provide a declaration of support from the department/school in which they would be located if successful, but the criteria for selection will be university-based
  • Assessment will take account of achievement relative to opportunity.

The University will fund the Fellowships for a three-year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation. Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over their Fellowship term. Awards will be for a maximum of three years commencing between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2022.

The closing date for applications is 23rd August 2021



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